Mallory was visiting Arizona when she and her blog partner Savannah undertook this DIY headboard project. With a toddler who needed to move from a crib to a more grown up bed, Savannah was delighted to find a shapely vintage twin bed at a local thrift store. She had already planned to create a tufted headboard, a project just perfect for the soft curves of her secondhand bed.
Savannah and Mallory traced the headboard onto butcher paper to create a template to help them plan out the placement of their buttons. That template and tufting plan were then traced onto 2" upholstery foam before the same paper template was used to mark the holes for drilling into the wooden headboard. They painted the bed, and covered all the buttons for the tufting while it dried. Mallory recommends tufting before you staple the fabric to the base in order to keep the tufts from looking too tight; she used clamps to hold the fabric in place while tufting.
After the tufting was finished, the pair stapled the fabric into place and trimmed off the excess. The final step was making and attaching piping to cover the raw edges and to provide a perfect finish. The end result is a bright and happy addition to the room Savannah created for her young daughter. For those who want to undertake a similar project, Mallory provides detailed photos and instructions on her blog.
(Images: Mallory/Classy Clutter)